The Libertines played two warm-up shows at London’s HMV Forum to prepare for their major comeback sets at Reading and Leeds festivals. Night one was reserved for friends and family, but night two was for lucky punters who scored tickets via the online lottery. Click through this gallery for a special inside look at the gigs.
These shows were the band’s first stage performances as a four-piece since they split in 2004. They walked onto the stage to the sound of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’, as a slideshow of photos of the band played.
For more Libertines action, take a look at their comeback in pictures over at the NME gallery.
Although the band said little to the audience, all four members did hug and embrace each other for several minutes after playing final song ‘I Get Along’.
These lucky Libertines fans were joined by the likes of Amy Winehouse and The Cribs’ Ryan Jarman, who also wanted to catch a glimpse of the band’s reunion gig.
Photos not enough for you? We’ve gathered some YouTube clips fans have posted from the gig, including ‘What Katie Did’ and ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’.
Don’t miss NME’s exclusive first video interview with Pete, Carl, Gary and John, as they chat about the reformation and playing this year’s Reading & Leeds festivals.
Pete Doherty said to NME of the reunion: “I can’t really believe it yet. I haven’t quite digested it. It’s been a bit of a pipe dream.”
The band’s 21-song set kicked off with ‘Horrorshow’, and also included a version of ‘Up The Bracket’ that featured a snippet of ‘Radio America’ as an intro. Rare tracks including ‘The Delaney’ and ‘Lust Of The Libertines’ were also performed.
The Libertines played to a packed venue, with 2,500 eager fans crowding into the HMV Forum in London.
Pete Doherty posted some of the band’s rehearsal footage on his YouTube account, prior to the warm-up shows at the Forum.
“It’s been six years of stasis, but then you get back in the room and it’s like the six years haven’t happened,” Carl Barât told NME. “You remember all these different facets of your friends, the good and the bad, but I’ve mainly forgotten the good. It’s pretty electric the chemistry it hasn’t really changed a bit. It’s exciting.”
In regards to making a new Libertines album, Carl Barât told fans: “I reckon so. Of course, we’ve got that vessel, The Libertines, and of course we want to do other things, but it’s a funny old business. Yeah, but ideally I’d love that. We’ll just see how it goes.”
Carl Barât told NME that he thinks the chemistry is still there between him Pete Doherty. “As people, we’re the same as ever” he said. “It’s like gentle fires are warming the corridors of our hearts that have been cold since the splitting up.”
Drummer Gary Powell told NME, “We started rehearsing as The Libertines and it all came back slowly but surely… it all fell back into place.”
It’s rumoured that Amy Winehouse caused havoc at the comeback gig – after five minutes of posing for photographers and the audience, she started getting them to pass her drinks which she then proceeded to down in one, inciting some booing and chanting of her name.
Carl Barât, who also currently has a solo side project, played an invite-only show at London’s Levi store on Regent Street shortly after the Forum gigs.
Drummer Gary Powell, who also has his own band The Invasion Of…, addedg that the band “would love to continue doing this”, if all their comeback shows go well.
The band close the long anticipated comeback gig with ‘I Get Along’ before saluting the audience and all coming in for a group hug.
The only words out of Pete Doherty’s mouth were at the end of the gig: “Thanks, we’re the Libertines,” he said to the crowd.
Vox Pop Amy (on Left) from London came out to see the Libertines.
Vox Pop Matthew (from London) also made it out to catch the Libertines special warm-up show at the Forum.